The Path of Embodied Shamanism by Michael Stone
Have you experienced profound states of peace, love and wholeness through shamanism but struggled to apply it to your day-to-day life?
Are you intrigued by the potential of ancient shamanic practices — when combined with modern coaching, personal development and embodiment techniques — to create a more holistic and fulfilling life path?
Then you’re in the right place!
Virtually everyone who embarks on a shamanic path goes through a roller coaster of expansion and contraction, beautiful openings and depressing returns to their old selves.
Since shamanic practices often take us into non-ordinary states of consciousness, these experiences can be challenging to fully integrate into our daily lives.
We may find ourselves yearning for the more “pure” experiences of a shamanic circle or journey and subtly reject day-to-day existence. We may get hooked on the higher insights and become disengaged from our jobs.
These issues are compounded by the fact that modern teachings lack the richness and community aspect of most traditional shamanic practices.
Modern shamanic teachings tend to focus more on disembodied practices, lying on a mat and journeying on a mental level without your emotions and body fully engaged. This can perpetuate the subtle mind-body dissociation so common in Western industrial culture — making the non-ordinary experiences you do have in this way that much harder to integrate.
However, Embodied Shamanism addresses these common challenges by combining three disciplines: Modern heart-centered coaching and embodiment work, traditional healing and shamanism.
When you combine these streams, beautiful things can happen. You live from the heart. You’re more grateful for each day. You align with your purpose in your livelihood, and you feel blessed by your relationships.
You become a fully integrated, awake and passionately engaged human who can access deeper realms AND get things done, with grace.
You plant your feet firmly on the ground while your spirit soars.
In the first-ever Path of Embodied Shamanism program, expert coach and shamanic teacher Michael Stone will show you how to combine time-honored shamanic practices with modern coaching strategies for enhancing your life.
You’ll learn how to gain access to extraordinary information through shamanic work in a way that allows you to hold onto the lessons on a cellular level.
You’ll learn how to “listen with your heart” and “walk in beauty” — which are two rather mysterious-sounding phrases used by shamans that have very real meanings and capacities associated with them.
You’ll also learn how to rescript the narrative of your life — the deeper story you tell yourself about who you are — and how to simultaneously transform it on subtle, personal and relational levels.
Through the Path of Embodied Shamanism, you will expand your ability to journey in a more fully engaged way in order to gain access to accurate and helpful guidance on whatever challenges you face in your life.
And then you can align those insights with the practical goal-setting and personal improvement practices utilized by top life coaches.
The best part of learning the foundations of Embodied Shamanism is that you no longer have to keep these parts of yourself separate — the ancient ways of shamans and the modern ways of the West. You can walk with a foot in both worlds and experience the life-enhancing powers of this unique synergy.
Michael’s goal is for you to use this information to cultivate a richer inner landscape so that you can step into your potential with more confidence and ease.
You will learn how to use embodied shamanic principles to wholeheartedly live a life of peace, passion and beauty — and to serve and assist others in doing the same.
You’ll also receive coaching to help you live from your Divine purpose as well as show others how to do it, too.
More than anything, you will have the time and support to focus on the deepest purpose for why you’ve incarnated here. In these times of great change, we each need to learn to fully express our gifts, talents and strengths in order to usher in a peaceful transition from the current industrial growth society to a thriving, life-sustaining civilization.
To do this, we will need to focus our attention and intention on what we came here to express into the world.
As you step fully into your vision of what is possible, you can draw power from a community of other awake and committed people who recognize the unique opportunity to call upon shamanic wisdom to usher in a new way of being and relating.
In order to expand your commitment and ability to support others in fully expressing their skills, gifts and contributions, you will learn how to coach and hold space for others, as well as be coached to be the fullest expression of your Divine purpose.
In this journey of Embodied Shamanic Coaching, the last half hour of each session will be spent addressing questions and receiving personal coaching from Michael — who is a masterful coach with over four decades of supporting others in living their dreams.
You’ll also engage in singing, dancing, poetry, art and other heart-opening and community-building practices.
By the end of the program, you’ll begin to navigate your life not by your ego’s relentless demands, but rather by walking the path of Spirit toward that which gives you true meaning and fulfillment.
As you learn to apply the core insights of The Path of Embodied Shamanism over time, you’ll experience enhanced well-being — emotionally, mentally and physically.
You’ll find you can face challenges with more grace, as well as know which changes are realistic and the most beneficial to make in your life.
If you join us for this powerful 7-module journey, you’ll learn to:
- Journey in a way that simultaneously engages your full body, emotions, heart and mind.
- Harness the power of the heart from both a shamanic and coaching perspective.
- Walk in beauty and create beauty around you.
- Reframe your life’s story to be in harmony with your soul’s purpose.
- Receive more value and clarity from your shamanic journeys.
- Focus your consciousness on what you want to create instead of complaining about what’s not working in your life.
- Integrate guidance in a whole-body way that leads to lasting transformations.
- Deconstruct your old self through “shamanic dismemberment” and the power of presence.
- Align your life with your Divine Purpose and liberate more of your life force energy.
- Feel more of a greater sense of natural abundance and appreciation for life’s blessings.
- Live a deeply fulfilling life that you truly love.
Regardless of whether you are a seasoned practitioner or just beginning to delve into shamanism, this course will be a great asset in expressing your gifts and talents, and supporting others to do the same.
Note that this course is designed to complement more classical approaches to shamanic skills and practices, either taught by The Shift Network faculty or in more traditional settings.
What You’ll Discover in These 7 Modules
In this 7-part transformational program, Michael will guide you through the fundamental spiritual skills and competencies that you’ll need to successfully integrate shamanic practices with heart-centered coaching and embodiment work, to bring forth wholeness, beauty and peace in your daily life.
Each session will build harmoniously upon the next, so that you’ll develop a complete understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to sustain a more holistic way of life.
Module 1: Creating Community & Honoring the Spirit of Our Ancestors
In this module, we will create a sacred space in non-ordinary reality where we can gather in mutual support of each other and the elements, as well as help ancestors and the spirit that lives in all things. We’ll also learn how to skillfully address the issues and challenges of our time.
As we consult our spirit guides, power allies and ancestors for guidance, we will be practicing Embodied Shamanism. You’ll be invited to experiment with dancing and moving your body as you journey.
Rather than the leader drumming, we will be using music from different artists and traditions to enter into a shamanic state of mind. The most important and challenging way to honor our ancestors is to fulfill our personal potential and life’s purpose. Our ancestors bring vital support for us through involvement in our lives, and also further their own growth and maturation in the spirit realms.
In this session, we will:
- Create a community sanctuary that supports our relationship to each other, the web of life, our ancestors and the Spirit that lives in all things.
- Distinguish between ceremony and ritual, and work with each other in non-ordinary reality.
- Lay the foundation for an authentic shamanic coaching program.
- Practice Embodied Shamanism and opening all of our senses.
- Support others in expressing their Divine gifts and talents.
- Discover gifts, strengths and talents that have been handed down by our ancestors.
Module 2: Aligning with Your Soul’s Purpose
The goal of this module is to create personal and group practices that support our ability to stay focused on our Divine purpose. We’ll begin to unveil the predictable future and trajectory of our lives if we continue moving forward and create practices to assist us in correcting our course. We’ll also call forth an individual and collective shift in consciousness which honors the evolving pulse of creation and the web of life.
Additionally, we’ll begin to explore the issue of personal and group integrity, and how to dissolve the barriers to our way back to wholeness. This leads us into a deeper experience of trust and power. In this way, we can reclaim our innate power and use our shamanic journeying to build greater trust in ourselves and others.
In this session, you will:
- Discover your Divine purpose and remove barriers to its fullest expression.
- Create practices to keep you focused on what’s essential to your path.
- Align your purpose with the pulse of creation and the Spirit that lives in all things.
- Visit the Council of Elders for support and guidance in fulfilling your soul’s purpose.
- Build trust in your ability to coach others effectively.
Module 3: Transforming the Narrative of
We will explore the power of story in our lives and discover how it is shaping our actions and ways of being in the world. And we’ll uncover more empowering ways to interpret our personal narratives and how our perceptions — which are based in unexamined beliefs and assumptions — shape our reality. By participating in the deconstruction of our personal narrative, we reconstruct our story to be in support of our soul’s purpose.
Additionally, we’ll examine the power of language and gain new distinctions in the art of listening that will allow us to be more compassionate and supportive toward others and ourselves. How our speaking can empower and disempower others and ourselves will also be explored in depth.
In this session, you will:
- Discover how your life story is shaping your life.
- Reframe your story to align with your soul’s purpose.
- Reinterpret the narrative of your life and support others in doing the same.
- Discover the role of language in fulfilling your vision and purpose.
- Transform unexamined beliefs and assumptions that keep you from full self-expression.
- Explore the art of courageous conversations and the possibility of living a complaint-free life.
Module 4: Empowering Your Soul’s Purpose Through Presence
In this module, we’ll take a look at mindfulness and the power of grounded presence — regardless of the circumstances or challenges. And by exploring the power of forgiveness and gratitude, we will discover how we have been disempowering ourselves with our preoccupation with events of the past.
We’ll learn that forgiveness is about finding wholeness within ourselves and being grateful is the key to having a fulfilling life. Additionally, we’ll find out how these two practices can support others in producing breakthrough results and bringing forth peace, prosperity and a deepening sense of purpose.
In this session, you will:
- Learn a simple way to bring yourself back into grounded presence.
- Discover how you lose power and how to reclaim it.
- Reveal the areas where gratitude and forgiveness can bring about soul-remembering for you (and your clients).
- Experience a greater sense of wholeness and fulfillment.
- Explore ways to support others in having breakthrough results in their lives.
Module 5: Soul Embodiment Through
One of the threats to the power of shamanism is the move toward “out of body experiences.” In this module, we will explore the importance of being in our physical body when we journey to non-ordinary reality. We’ll learn why dancing, singing and calling on all of our senses to meet the spirits and allies of the hidden world is key in shamanic practices.
Additionally, we’ll discover ways to tap into the cellular wisdom of our bodies that has been handed down to us from the beginning of time — which includes everything we need for our evolution into wholeness.
In this session, you will:
- Discover the power of being fully embodied when you journey.
- Release stuck energy patterns through conscious movement.
- Tap into the ancient cellular wisdom of your ancestors and draw from the wisdom of your descendants.
- Align with the evolutionary impulse of the universe.
- Explore the power and intelligence of emotional embodiment.
Module 6: Walking in Beauty with
Native American peoples have a saying, “May you walk in beauty.” In these times of change and negative media bombardment it’s easy to get caught up in what’s not working. But, there is so much that is working.
We’ll discover how to bring forth beauty in our lives and the lives of those we coach, with support from our creativity muses. We will also explore how to complete what is not serving us and shift our focus to what is essential for becoming whole and effective.
In this session, you will:
- Learn to transform negative thinking and complaints and live in beauty.
- Expand your ability to focus your attention on what is truly important.
- Bring more beauty into your life and the lives of those you coach.
- Explore the power of integrity in reclaiming wholeness.
- Bring the power of aesthetics to your family, friends and coaching clients.
Module 7: Living a Heart Centered Life
In this module, we will put together all the pieces and see how our shamanic practice can support our intention to live a heart-centered life, and support others in doing the same. We will journey to the guardian of the heart to discover how to keep our heart open, even in the most challenging of times.
We’ll explore ways to tune in to the heart to uncover what is really true and how living an authentic life can influence others to do the same.
In this session, you will:
- Create a plan for keeping the distinctions and practices alive during turbulent times.
- Discover what it means to live a heart-centered life.
- Appreciate that the expression of your gifts, talents and strengths is the best way to serve others.
- Learn how to support your vision through heart-centered collaboration with clients and community.
- Discover how to be in service to your clients and community without sacrificing your own health and well-being.